Scheme to solve issue would cost £25,000

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Parents and teachers say they are still “begging” the council to take action over a flooded walkway which has blighted a school for over 20 years.

Every time it rains, children at Hady Primary School in Chesterfield are forced to walk down a 200 metre path through more than a foot of water to get to school.

As well as soaking wet children at classes, the potholes left behind have also caused injuries to parents and grandparents walking to school.

But despite the problems – and repeated calls for Derbyshire County Council to take action – teachers and parents say they feel like they are not being listened to.

Ceri Partt, acting head teacher, said: “It’s a ridiculous situation and I cannot believe we’re still waiting for something – anything – to happen.

“When it rains, the water gets so deep it goes over children’s wellies and they end up with wet feet. A dad, and a grandmother, have also injured themselves by tripping on the pot holes.”

Rebecca Fenby, a parent and school governor, said the council have now accepted that the path is their responsibility to maintain.

She said: “The council have agreed that the flooding needs to be sorted, but nothing physical has been done yet.

“And, much to our frustration, the council are maintaining that flooding is the only issue, as they deem the drive to be acceptable for school access, despite the fact that the only way to make the drive safe for pedestrians is to close it to vehicles three times a day.”

Headteacher Miss Pratt added that closing the access to the school cost approximately £2,000 every year, in terms of administration and physical time spent closing the 

Rebecca Fenby said: “This flooding situation needs fixing immediately.

“Then, once that’s sorted, we can work to address the fundamental problems with the road itself.”